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Walk for Hunger

Join the 49th annual Walk for Hunger, the country's oldest continual pledge walk!

Join tens of thousands of people on Sunday, May 7th for the 49th annual Walk for Hunger, a Boston tradition of neighbors helping neighbors around the Commonwealth. The Walk for Hunger is a 20-mile Walk, which begins and ends at the Boston Common and weaves through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown, and Cambridge. Walkers do not need to walk all 20 miles to participate. There are checkpoints approximately every two miles along the course, with complimentary shuttle buses back to the Common.

Why Walk?

We strongly believe that good food is a basic right! Although you may not always see it, there are nearly 675,000 people in Massachusetts who can't reliably predict where their next meal is coming from. Among them, children are some of the most vulnerable to hunger.

The Walk for Hunger is a vehicle for people of all ages to make a real difference in people's lives and take action against the local issue of hunger. Donations from money raised by Walkers, Runners, and Volunteers provide the funds for grants awarded to hundreds of hunger relief programs across the state, helping to ensure that people and families of all income levels have access to nutritious food throughout the year. Your fundraising and participation in the Walk is critical for the continued support of these programs. Check out the list of 2016 Grant Recipients, who received funding through money raised by last year's Walk.


Registration & Fundraising

The first step to making a difference is to register to Walk, Run, or Volunteer. Every participant will be given a fundraising page online to raise money to help fund anti-hunger programs around the state. While there is no registration fee or minimum fundraising requirement for Walkers this year, the Walk depends on the commitment of all participants to fundraise. Our team at Project Bread is here to help you with your fundraising efforts. Every dollar makes a difference.

Raise $75 by April 24 to receive a Nift, a "Neighborhood Gift." A Nift is a gift from a local business that you select based on your interests—anything from tickets to an improv show, to a membership to a yoga studio, to dinner at a restaurant. After April 24, Nift will send you an email containing your gift. Learn more on Nift's website.

Raise $100 by May 1 to receive a free Walk for Hunger water bottle at check-in on Walk Day.

Raise $500 to join the Heart & Sole Circle!


Walk Details

The Walk for Hunger has an official rolling start time of 8:00am-9:30am. Start your day on the Boston Common by visiting a Check-In Tent. You will be able to turn in any cash or check donations and will receive your Walk Guide, Walk Button, and Walk Sticker. After Check-In, you will be able to begin your Walk at the starting line. If you start before or after the designated rolling start window, Checkpoints and Aid Stations along the route will likely not be open to support you. Please also keep in mind that the Walk for Hunger 5K starts at 7:00am.

  • The Walk is held rain or shine

  • Please leave dogs, skateboards, bikes, scooters, and in-line skates at home for the safety of all Walkers

  • Don't forget a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring an extra pair of socks

  • Eat a hearty breakfast and dress in layers

Checkpoint open and closing times:

Checkpoint #1  7:30am – 12:00pm (1028 Beacon St, Brookline – between St. Mary’s St. and Carlton St)

Checkpoint #2  8:00am – 12:30pm (2400 Beacon St, Chestnut Hill – Cleveland Circle)

Checkpoint #3  8:30am – 2:00pm (10 Langley Rd, Newton – Newton Center)

Checkpoint #4  9:00am– 2:30pm (Eliot Church 474 Centre St, Newton – Newton Corner)

Checkpoint #5  9:30am – 4:00pm (Arsenal Park – 551 Arsenal St, Watertown)

Checkpoint #6  10:30am – 5:00pm (Cambridge Boat Club – 2 Gerry’s Landing Rd, Cambridge)

Checkpoint #7  11:00am – 5:30pm (Magazine Beach – 769 Memorial Drive, Cambridge)

Checkpoint #8  11:30am – 6:00pm (290ish Commonwealth Ave, Boston – Between Hereford St and Gloucester St)

Checkpoint #9  10:00am – 6:30pm The finish! (Boston Common)


Look out for these music groups along the Walk Route:

  • Boston Minstrels - 9:00-10:00am on the steps of Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, MA
    Upbeat live music with interactive participation!

  • Express Lane Barbershop Quartet - 10:00-11:00am on the steps of Temple Beth Zion in Brookline
    Express Lane sings old and new songs in the traditional barbershop style.

  • Common Sound - 11:00am-12:00pm in Watertown Center
    Common Sound is a Boston-based a cappella group comprised of post-collegiate singers. Their unique repertoire ranges from Fleetwood Mac to Stevie Wonder to Bruno Mars, and is always expanding.
  • The Squires of Soul - 10:30am-12:00pm at the Arsenal Park Snack Stop in Watertown
    Squires of Soul are a funk fresh quintet out of Lowell, MA. They blend Soul, Pop, RnB, and fun into a satisfying musical experience.
  • Life Got Busy - 12:30-2:30pm at the Arsenal Park Snack Stop in Watertown
    Just four guys with busy lives, but music is their passion. Life Got Busy is a family friendly rock band that specializes in playing all your favorite songs.
  • Drumbodhi - 10:00am-3:00pm along Greenough Blvd. in Watertown
    Drumbodhi plays a mixture of Africa, Afro-Cuban, and Caribbean rhythms that will put a spring in your step!
  • Peter Larson and David Medeiros - 11:00am-3:00pm along Greenough Blvd. in Watertown
    David Medeiros and Peter Larson have been playing their electric combination of americana and jam band music for the walkers for over a decade.
  • The Cantabile Band - 11:00am-3:00pm along Greenough Blvd. in Cambridge
    The Cantabile Band will play and sing music about spring and summer, including English madrigals, French Dances, and boisterous songs.
  • DrumConnection Djembe Drummers - 12:00pm-2:00pm along Greenough Blvd. in Cambridge
    Drum Connection will provide African-style drumming to entertain Walkers and keep them motivated!
  • BBQ Brass - 2:30-3:30pm at the Weld Boathouse in Cambridge
    Upbeat music from three trumpets, a sax, and an euphonium to keep the walkers marching and tapping and dancing the last miles of the walk!

  • Dance2Save - 2:30-3:00pm at Checkpoint 7 (Magazine Beach in Cambridge)
    Dance2Save will be performing a fun up beat hiphop set that was also performed this year at the Boston Celtics!
  • Odaiko New England - 12:00-2:00pm at the Finish Line on the Boston Common
    Japanese taiko drummers from Odaiko New England will create a thundering wall of sound to welcome walkers at the finish line!

Visit the Walk Shop to gear up for Walk Day!


Have questions? Check the FAQs, email walk@projectbread.org, or call 617-723-5000.